South Africa’s Department of Health said the government has plans to eliminate malaria by achieving zero cases of locally transmitted malaria in the country by 2018.This year’s World Malaria Day, themed “End Malaria for Good,” is being commemorated to highlight successes for controlling malaria and the plight of the disease around the world.
The Department of Health said South Africa would use the occasion to raise more awareness on malaria prevention and to focus on the achievements, progress and challenges in the fight against the deadly disease, which continues to kill more people worldwide daily than HIV and AIDS. It noted that the government has been very successful in reducing the malaria incidents in South Africa and has met the malaria targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
“South Africa has reversed the malaria incidents by 82% of the levels in the year 2000,” the department said, “In this regard, South Africa was presented with the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) award for achieving the malaria goal of the MDGs at the ALMA meeting for Heads of State and Government of the African Union in January 2016.”
According to the World Health Organisation’s World Malaria Report 2015, there has been a major decline in global malaria cases and deaths since the year 2000, where mortality decreased by 60 percent, thereby saving 62 million lives.